J.P. Sniadecki

J.P. Sniadecki

Department of Anthropology, class of 2013
PhD Dissertation Title: “Digital Jianghu: Independent Documentary in a Beijing Art Village”
Capstone Project: People’s Park, a 78-minute journey through a crowded park in Chengdu, captured in a single take on 30 July 2011.

JP Sniadecki was born on a goat farm in Michigan, grew up in the industrial rustbelt of Northern Indiana, and has lived and worked for several years in China. A filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University, he produces work at the intersection of cinema and ethnography. His films screen at festivals such as the Berlinale, the New York Film Festival, and Edinburgh International Film Festival, and have received several awards. His capstone project, “People’s Park” (2012) co-directed with Libbie D Cohn, won the Best Anthropological Film award at Festival dei Popoli and Best Cinematography award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and had its New York City premiere at New Directors/New Films.


Iron Ministry (2014)
Yumen (2013)
People’s Park (2012)
Foreign Parts (2010)
The Yellow Bank (2010)
Sichuan Triptych (2010)
Chaiqian / Demolition (2008)
Songhua (2007)

PEOPLE’S PARK trailer from J.P. Sniadecki on Vimeo.

THE IRON MINISTRY trailer 1 from J.P. Sniadecki on Vimeo.

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This information is accurate as of the student’s graduation year.